Thursday, April 12, 2007

The curse of the gubernatorial broken leg

We just received the news that Governor Jon Corzine was in a motor vehicle accident today on the Garden State Parkway in Atlantic County. He is said to be in stable condition after undergoing sugery at Cooper University Medical Center in Camden. His injuries include 12 broken ribs, a broken sternum, a broken collarbone and a broken leg. We of course wish the Governor well and hope for a speedy recovery.

Hearing this news reminded us of Corzine's two elected precedessors -- Christie Whitman and Jim McGreevey -- both of whom broke their legs while in office.

Whitman's injury came while skiing in Switzerland. It was big enough that the news of her broken leg made it into Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update.

Jim McGreevey's broken leg came during an alleged nightime walk with his soon-to-be-ex-wife Dina Matos McGreevey on the beach in Cape May. Of course many people (including us) didn't believe that he was on the beach with his wife at the time. More people questioned the story after McGreevey resigned. And more recently we learned that the broken leg didn't affect McGreevey's desire to bed down with Golan Cipel (Cipel stating that while McGreevey was bed ridden recovering from a broken leg, McGreevey masturbated in front of him).

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